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Top 4 Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Events in Melbourne

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by Tarryn Guttenberg (subscribe)
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The Queens birthday weekend will take place in Victoria over the weekend June 9th to 11th 2012. Liz's actual birthday occurs on the 14th June 2012, so put aside the Monarchy debate and have some fun on behalf of the Queen herself!

1) The Mind and Body Festival
The Mind and Body Festival is Australia's premier well being exhibition. The festival will take place Monday June 8th to 11th 2012 at Melbourne's popular Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This fantastic health and well being festival emphasises the care of mind, body and soul through natural health and body therapies.

Sample fantastic products and services to set your soul aglow including a complimentary psychic reading, organic foods, the latest herbal supplements and nutrition or try your hand at yoga. Enjoy a massage or foot detox and buy a healing crystal.

The show has 200 exhibitors with tons of seminars and free performances.

Admission is $16 for adults, $13 for concession and Children are free. The mind and body festival opens 10am daily and finishes at 7pm.

2) Royal Doof Musical Festival

The Royal Doof music and culture festival returns from the 8th – 11th June 2012. The event once again calls city dwellers to the country in a secret location 90 minutes from Victoria. The festival features electronica and house music artists including John Phantasm (UK), Menog (Portugal), Mekkanikka (Spain) and Mad Max (Berlin).

Details of the festivals location will be provided by ticket sellers with prices starting at $95.

Do remember to drive carefully on country roads.

White House photo by Eric Draper (Wikimedia Commons)

3) Yarra Valley Wine Experience
The Yarra Valley wine region is a gorgeous combination of scenery, wildlife and fantastic wine and local cuisine. This weekend, why not take part in a Yarra Valley Wine and Winery tour. Over one glorious day you can visit four wineries including Rochford winery, Yering Farm, Yering Station and Domaine Chandon. Enjoy lunch and try a variety of wines from each location while taking in the beautiful Yarra Valley landscape.

Tour departures occur at six city locations, with a variety of morning times starting at 9am. Return to these locations is roughly 5.30pm.

Prices from $110 with more details on the website.

4) The Light in Winter
Federation Square celebrates its 6th year of light and once again brings together a variety of light installation artists to decorate the many walkways of the area. The various artists, designers and the local community have combined forces to focus this year's program directed by Robyn Archer on the joy of reading with workshops, talks and the displays including literary texts, Braille, calligraphy and the like in imaginative light sculptures.

The event will run from 1st June to 1st July 2012.
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Why? Queens birthday celebrations
When: Weekend 8th June to 11th June 2012
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